Mr Jones – The ‘Go Doof Doof’ Ransom Note Mix
Though taking your moniker from a song by Aqua may not have quite worked out for DJ Barbie Girl, Mr. Jones (The song is Dr. Jones, Ciaran. You've cocked this right up – Ed.) has fared significantly better as he prepares himself to go B2B with Dave Clarke at fabric on Saturday 1st August. He might not quite be a fully-qualified doctor but you can trust that you'll be in safe hands when he's behind the decks. He's put together a mix for us that's sure to register a very high score on the DOOF DOOF scale so open up your ears and let the music in.
Tune into the mix and read what happened when we asked Mr. Jones a few questions below;
Mr. Jones, there was a rumour at one point that you were in fact an alias of Dave Clarke. Did you hear about this? What on earth do you think was the basis of this rumour?
I’d heard of it but didn't know what to think of it in the beginning. First I thought it was a friend of mine taking the piss out of me but I should take it as a very nice compliment I guess.
Can you tell us the exact, precise time of day when you started producing music? This is an important interview question that must always be asked.
It was on a nice Spring day – one of the few days where it isn't raining in Holland. It must have been around lunch time and I thought let's give this a go. No I am joking… I’ve got no idea… It had to be when I was around 20/21 after saving money from very crappy summer job starting when I was 15/16 and the moment I got the funds to buy the equipment I needed, I ran with it and never looked back.
Who has made your favourite remix of your own music?
To be honest, and I am not trying to be political here, I like all of them, I play them more then my own versions anyway.
Do you think there’s anyone who has totally ruined one of your tracks with a remix?
No, because I only ask artists that I respect musically – we do not have some major label plot and think "if we get so and so we open a new market", then it could go wrong very easily. We just figure out which artist we like and who fits the right tracks, I don't think I ever had to reject a remix.
If you were shipwrecked on a desert island with Dave Clarke and no food, how long would it take before you ate him? Asking for a friend.
Haha I had to read this question twice, I think I will teach myself to catch fish and hopefully there's enough for us both. A big tuna would be awesome!
Let’s go back to the island situation, presuming you are still alive, which tunes do you want to have with you?
I just got an iPhone 6 with 64 gigabytes of space, so I don’t think I'd have to sacrifice a lot of great music, I think that will get me though…
How are you going to escape?
A cruise ship will pick me up full of woman and girls after I used my new iPhone to reflect the sun light as a signal for the captain.
When I was a child I believed that all the helium balloons let go by children at funfairs would remain in the sky forever, did you believe anything weird as a child?
I was thinking two things: One; There must be another planet like planet earth in the universe. And two; that there is another person on earth that looks exactly like me.
Which flavour of tango do you most enjoy?
I had to google this one, and apparently it's a drink, we don't have these in Holland, would you mind sending me some?
Do you have any dancing talents?
Nope. Try to but only with my girlfriend haha!
Do you prefer a fan or air conditioning unit?
I prefer both: the fan that moves the cold air out of the aircon.
What were the main challenges of creating your debut, Sounds For The Mute album?
My main challenge was that I had to be satisfied in the way that I felt that the tracks represented me, instead of aiming for a strictly Dance Floor result.
What are your favourite tracks on it, in terms of what you are most proud of?
Every track because every track has his own story. A different approach, different emotion, different period moment in my life… The album was put together over a certain amount of time, it wasn’t recorded in a week I'll have you know 😉
Who do you want to listen to this record?
Anyone who cares about techno, don't want to break down my fans demographically to be honest. I don’t listen back that much to it, but when I do, I find certain tracks require a different setting: At home I like to listen to the soundscapes but on the dance floor they all work because of how the bass hits and even the more traditional techno tracks could all have their own meaning and momentum in a DJ set.
And what message do you have for those listeners?
Enjoy, and I hope you get to know me through the music.
Onto the mix…
Where was the mix recorded?
At home, I just got a new place so I was really fired up to record my first mix in my new studio.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Big system, or headphones. Also the car would be perfect, but I don't reimburse your speeding tickets.
What should we be wearing?
Nikes. Always. Nikes. And Supreme is dope.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
fabric London. Pretty excited about playing there with Dave. I’ve been there before so I’m looking forward to play over their excellent system.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
The opening track. I would like to you tell more about it, but let's not 😀
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
The last one, that's how I feel after every mix, because I am still hyped.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
I am now playing back 2 back with my homie Dave. Not too shabby is it?
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
I started playing on 2 x technics 2010m2 and a Vestax or Gemini mixer. I still have both technics so they are more 20 years old now. Now I am playing with Pioneer’s cdj's 2000 and Pioneer djm 900 mixer using that as controllers for serato.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
Both, the opening track can be a statement to the dancefloor saying, "Hey look at me, I am in charge now", or when you are feeling the DJ before you and you continue their groove it can be taken as saying "thanks for setting up the vibe". The track you end with should send people home with a smile.
What were the first and last records you bought?
I really can't remember the first one. It wasn't music for DJing, that I am sure of. The last one Flying Lotus, Los Angeles. Also not for DJin. Get a lot of promo's in so I can focus more on listening music when I am shopping, and still tax deduct it 😉
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
I would think of a whole menu haha! Starter, main dish and a dessert. And a good cappuccino to get the energy back because I assume I wore you out.
If it was an animal what would it be?
No idea: I like to think I am an animal behind the decks.
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Hmmm, depends what kind of mix it is. Techno is mostly made for mixing anyway.
Upcoming in the world of Mr Jones?
More gigs, more studio time and another Ransom Note interview.
Anything else we need to discuss?
Buy my album on thepublicstand.bandcamp.com or your local dealer.
See Mr Jones go B2B with Dave Clarke at fabric on Saturday 1st August.